Texas Law Spurs Gun-Rights Group to Side With Abortion Providers

Texas Law Spurs Gun-Rights Group to Side With Abortion Providers

Abortion-rights protesters demonstrate outside of the U.S. Supreme Court March 4, 2020. Texas law allows citizens, rather than government officials, to enforce six-week abortion ban Law could be model for banning other individual rights, gun group says A gun rights group is siding with abortion providers in the Texas dispute over the nation’s strictest abortion ban. The law, S.B. 8, was designed with procedural quirks that are intended to insulate it from judicial review by allowing private citizens, not government officials, to enforce the ban. The move has been successful, allowing the law to go into effect for nearly two months and halting almost all abortions in the state after six weeks. But Erik Jaffe , who filed the amicus brief on behalf of the nonprofit group Firearms Policy Coalition, fears the law could be used to limit other constitutional rights, in particular the Second Amendment. “It’s hard to miss the parallels between abortion and guns,” said Jaffe, a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas who is also part of the team helping to defend Indiana’s abortion restrictions. ‘Evade Court Review’ The concerns expressed in Jaffe’s brief are shared across the political spectrum. Take almost any individual constitutional right and it “could easily fall into a similar scheme by any state that disfavors that right,” said Brigitte Amiri of the ACLU, which represents the Texas abortion providers. “If a state can do this here, why can’t it do it in other contexts?” Amiri asked. That includes everything from rules […]

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